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Virtual GNO - Positive Reinforcement Time

Yes! Another Friday is here :->

Yesterday I helped at school for Picture Day. Our school holds grades K-8, so you can imagine the attitude differences that wafted through the room filled with cameras. The precious Kindergartner's unsure of what was happening, the adorable 3rd graders making silly faces, and the self-conscious "Upper Classmen".

I spent my time running from class to class, making sure everyone used those funky plastic combs, and giving as much positive reinforcement as I could. The older boys wanted their hair to cover their precious faces and the girls were too self-aware to just relax and smile. I was sucked back to that age and I remember those feelings all too well. I just wanted to hug them all and say "You're wonderful! You're terrific! Stop worrying!" Instead I smiled as much as I could and told them they were beautiful. They are.

You know what we all need? A bit of positive reinforcement and a Virtual Girls Night Out!

For those that are new to our party, a Virtual Girls Night Out (boys welcome too)is a social, blog-hopping party. A way to meet others while in our fluffy slippers (Boys, I'm not judging ;->). The party starts here! You sign the Mr. Linky guestbook then visit fellow bloggers that have signed in as well. Please add your blog link to Mr. Linky below and join in the blog-hopping fun!

I Feel Like Singing!

This song was running through my head while I was looking at these young faces. I wish I could make them all feel safe & special.

10,000 Maniacs "These Are The Days"

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I don't think I could wear the color that Natalie Merchant is wearing in that video. Just give me 10 minutes and there would definitely be some kind of smudge or food or SOMETHING on it somewhere. Here's a question... do you wear white pants and/or a white skirt? If so, how do you stay clean? I'd be a nervous wreck.

Time For A Cocktail!

White Capris
Ingredients:
0.75 oz Banana Liqueur
0.75 oz Cream
0.75 oz White Creme de Cacao

Directions:
Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Fill a Tumbler almost full of ice cubes, and strain drink into Tumbler.

Goodness Gracious!!! I'm going to have to do double-time on my Wii Fit after this caloric concoction! That's OK, it's worth it ;->

Time For Some Fun!

Watching those girls yesterday, with their Hollister jackets, and skinny jeans reminded me of certain clothes that I just HAD to HAVE. If I had a satin baseball jacket and San Francisco Jeans I would be IT. The clouds would part and I would be a popular girl. (Yuck.) So, tell me, what clothes did you just have to have when you were 12? 13? Be honest! Don't worry, I have no room to judge anyone ;-> I can't wait to see!

We Have A Giveaway!

One of our lovely and talented Virtual GNO guests is sponsoring this weeks giveaway. Rebecca Neiderer of Jewelry and Gifts by Rebecca is sharing her beautiful handcrafted work with us. One fortunate VGNO guest will win a pair of earrings made by Rebecca. And here's the thing, the winner can choose their preferred style & color. Rebecca will work with you to create the earrings you want. She say's "Anything goes". (And that goes for any order too. How wonderful!)

To participate in the Jewelry and Gifts by Rebecca giveaway here's what you do:

*Please visit Jewelry and Gifts by Rebecca and choose a style and color you like. Return to the Virtual GNO, week of 4/3, and leave a comment about your favorite style/color. (One Entry)
~~Additional Entry:
*Twitter about the Virtual GNO. Provide your Tweet link (One entry)

That's it! The winner will be notified on Thursday, April 9th. Good luck! :->

Now go have fun! Sign Mr. Linky's guestbook below to join the Virtual GNO. Visit those that sign-in. Go blog-hopping! That's what it's all about. I would love to meet your blog friends so post A LINK to our party on your blog and hopefully they will join us. Send our party into Twitter world. The more the merrier! :->



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49 comments:

  1. Her work is fantastic! I love the lariats. Thanks for hosting this as always!

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  2. That would be Gloria Vanderbilt, Sergio Valente and Chemin De Fer and Sassoon jeans

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  3. LMAO I went to a Moms Like Me even and they gave me a white sweater. I just said thanks, then looked at my husband with horror and he almost died right in the middle of an expo center. It was covered with grey dust before I made it to the end of the corridor. Hubby also calls me Pigpen.

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  4. Gotta love those cute little school pictures!

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  5. I would wear white... unless I'm spending the day with my three year old twin nephews!

    TGIF and Happy VGNO!

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  6. At that age I was happy to not be wearing anyone's hand me downs. I was always fascinated with "Guess" at that age. And now, so is my 13 year old. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it?

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  7. Tweet.

    http://twitter.com/Thismomcanshop

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  8. That was really hard to choose a favorite style. I'm having trouble deciding between the cluster and the double loop. I really like the peridot color beads!

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  9. Hi Ann--

    Sorry I won't be making it to the VGNO. I'm not going to be home for the next few Friday nights. I'll miss you guys!

    I also wanted to add that "These Are Days" was the theme song to our college orientation, so it has a lot of meaning for me. :)

    Have fun tonight!

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  10. I also tweeted the party tonight!
    http://twitter.com/blueviolet/status/1447853740

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  11. Friday night already? Have a great night, and a sunny weekend!

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  12. The Groupie earrings in green are super cute! love all her creations :O) thanks for sharing!

    Ann I have to say that I too just loved the satin jackets! when i finally got one i thought i was a rock star. but by then everyone else was kind of over them. that's fashion for ya! Happy VGNO!!!!

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  13. TGIF!

    I honestly don't even remember what I 'had to have' back then!

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  14. I tweeted about the party!

    http://twitter.com/colormemommy

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  15. Love Rebecca's creations! I would have to decide between the stiletto earrings or the lariat necklace... ;)

    I rarely wear white...between the dogs and Princess Nagger, it'd be hard to stay clean! :)

    Happy VGNO! Off to feed dinner to my peeps, then I'll be back to party! :)

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  16. I like the cluster earrings with peridot and sapphire. Thanks!

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  17. Tweeted~
    http://twitter.com/simplyandreah/status/1448424969

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  18. Oh yay! A giveaway! What a great idea! ;)
    I love her earrings... the cluster is definitely my favorite. In some sort of purple, of course!

    I remember being 13 and DESPERATELY wanting a pair of Guess Jeans. They were $50 back then, and my parents were ABSOLUTELY not going to spend that much money on a PAIR OF JEANS! What they did not realize was that these were not just any pair of jeans, but the absolute most perfect pair of jeans on the planet! My grandma offered to split them so she ended up buying them for me and I wore them with such pride! Still remember how it felt to walk down the hall in those babies. So funny!

    Happy GNO! Off to mingle!

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  19. Oh, and Tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/SassyDesigns/status/1448516514

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  20. I like the baby girl bracelet on her site, soo cute! Happy VGNO ladies!!
    Kim
    daxkimd@juno.com

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  21. Loving the Mommy Birthstone Necklace. I have a pendant with two of my three boys and I want a new one. I really like the design of hers though!

    And white? Are you kidding me? I can't even keep the coffee off of my blue shirt. *shudders in horror*

    thanks for hosting the VGNO! It's a riot!

    April
    Diary of a WAHM

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  22. And tweeted it too! http://twitter.com/artdreamlife/statuses/1448673786

    April
    Diary of a WAHM

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  23. i was a baggy pants and band shirt kinda girl, i know. you are in awe of my coolness :)

    happy VGNO!

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  24. I love the black and silver earings that are right on the front of her post about the giveaway. They are the straight ones next to the red loop ones.

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  25. I would so LOVE to join the VGNO party...I have the confessional booth up today so I will add a sticky about the party if thats okay?

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  26. Ok, so I am new to the whole VGNO thing - So I am going to try to do my best!!

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  27. Ann, I've got your VGNO button on my sidebar. I love your parties!!!!!

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  28. Happy VGNO!!! I haven't worn white since my "concieving" days. I remember looking so beautiful and angelic. Today...my son won't allow it. He's eight, messy,and proud of it.

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  29. New to the VGNO, but I am going to hop around a bit. I am super tired though as my cat is in heat and kept me up all night last night. I am going to tag some of you ladies to look at later.

    Missy

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  30. I'm first time VGNOer. So, HI all!! :)
    Love the mother/daughter bracelet sets. My lil girl LOVES to get in my jewelry and especially loves to wear jewelry that matches mine. So cute.

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  31. Sorry I'm late, I'm having computer issues!! Yuck!

    but we're here! :)

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  32. Thanks for hosting this. This is my first time here. Sounds like a lot of fun!

    aliall
    http://www.motivatedmama.net

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  33. Ok I'm ready to get started. I'm on the pacific coast so I hope the party is still going on.

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  34. AHHH! I can't participate this week, but I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I support the VNO. (My plans aren't even that good either. I'm afraid my husband and I have a date watching the food network. No joke.) Happy mingling to everyone else!

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  35. hi - nice to meet you here! found you via twitter. and you're on entrecard, too ...

    ok, off to see other bloggers :)

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  36. Don't have the fixings for a mixed drink. But I have me some wine! Happy VGNO!

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  37. Oh wow, her jewelry is sooooooo pretty, and great prices too!
    My favorite is the "groupie" earrings. Sooooooooo cute!

    Okay, white pants? Do you know how big I am? It'd look like I was wearing a sailboat sail! Okay, I'll admit I do have one pair of white shorts, but I wear my shirts so long that most of it is covered.

    Must haves as a teen? My Jordache purple cords, skin tight. Grandma bought them for me. I still remember having that 28 inch waist. Ahhhhhhhh... those were the days! And do you remember those pouchy little purses? Were those Jordache too?

    Justine :o )

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  38. I love giveaways! What a great place

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  39. Yeah!!! That is one of my favorite songs. I will be singing it all weekend (and downloading it to my iPod.

    BTW, White capris + Lassie = MESS!!!

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  40. Ooo, I forgot to put my entry in - I love the 'pumps' - maybe in red or green :)

    Thanks for the chance!

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  41. I tweeted!! (Thank goodness I didn't toot!)

    http://twitter.com/SassyIrishLasie/status/1451390541

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  42. Cluster earrings would be my choice:)

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  43. http://peekabookidsgear.com/wordpress/2009/04/04/attitude-of-gratitude-award/

    I nominated you...I hope you'll accept!

    Jennica

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  44. Hey Ann..stopping by to say HI! I love wearing white. It seems perfect the first time you wear it but then after the second and third etc time you start finding spots!lol... I care NOT to remember picture day...not some very good pictures I'll tell you...I think they planned picture day around my worst hair days! LOL...

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  45. Ann~♥I just wanted to say I had a wonderful time last night visiting blogs and getting to know some new to me bloggers...
    Thanks for letting me join the party
    ♥Georgie♥

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  46. Ok, so I'm late to the party (fashionably, late of course) but I need to chime in and say anything from Contempo Casual.

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  47. Happy VGNO . . . love the blue earrings!

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